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Episode 24   December 16, 2017     Christ Cathedral Musicians, Dr. John Romeri, Director of Music, and David L. Ball, Assistant Director and Organist, present a special MUSIC FROM THE TOWER with the great music of the season of Advent.

MUSIC: O Come, O Come Emmanuel   Chant.  arr. Andrew Carter  Choir of St. Paul, London,  John Scott, conductor  CD: “Advent at St. Paul’s”
MUSIC:  E’en so, Lord Jesus, quickly come    Paul Manz   Choir of National Cathedral  James Litton, conductor  CD: “Sing in Exultation”
MUSIC: Matin Responsory  (I Look from afar)  Giovanni Palestrina The Choir of Kings College  Philip Ledger, conductor  CD:  “Best Beloved Christmas Carols”
MUSIC:  Sleepers Awake  (Cantata No. 140) Johann S. Bach  Organist David L. Ball  from a live performance at St. Thomas Church, New York.
MUSIC:  Lo, He comes with Clouds decending  arr. John Rutter Cambride Singers, City of London Sinfonia, John Rutter conducting.  CD: “Sing, Ye Heavens”
MUSIC:  Toccata on Veni Emmanuel  Andrew Carter  Organist John Scott  CD: “Advent at St. Paul’s”
MUSIC:  On Jordan’s Bank  Hymn setting “Winchester New”  the Choir of Kings College Sir David Willcocks, conductor  CD: Christmas-time Carols
MUSIC:  On Jordan’s Bank   Ambrosian Chant Cathedral Singers, Richard Proulx, Conductor  CD: More Sublime Chant
MUSIC: Rejoice in the Lord alway  annon.   The Choir of Westminster Abby  CD: “Slendour and Tranquility”
MUSIC:  A Great and Mighty Wonder  (Lo, How A Rose) Michael Praetorius arr. James Whitbourn  the Choir of Kings College Sir David Willcocks, conductor CD: “Essential Carols”
MUSIC: Magnificat (I. Magnificat anima mea)  John Rutter  Cambride Singers, City of London Sinfonia, John Rutter conducting  CD: “Magnificat, The Falcon”


Episode 20   November 11, 2017     Dr. Jung-A Lee, Concert Organist, Organist at St. Andrew Presbyterian, Organist for the Pacific Symphony, Artist-in-Residence for Pacific Chorale.

Find out about Southern California’s busiest organist, Dr. Jung-A Lee. She is a church organist, concert organist, symphony organist, accompanist/artist-in-residence for the Pacific Chorale, and college teacher. Hear her fascinating journey from South Korea to Canada to the US as she studied organ at some of the finest and most prestigious universities. Enjoy music from Harvard University Chapel to Disney Hall as Dr. Lee tells of her performances on organs literally all over the world. In 2009 she founded Music Mission International to promote the organ. She is a brilliant young artist with a fascinating story. Tune in!


MUSIC: “Thee, God” Ned Rorem   Memorial Church, Harvard University. Jung-A Lee, organist

MUSIC: “For Mortal Flesh is as the Grass” (Requiem) Johannes Brahms Pacific Choral Festival Chorus, Jung-A Lee, organist

MUSIC: Sinfonia from Cantata No. 29 Johann Sebastian Bach, Jung-A Lee, organist   from her DVD “Beauty in the Wind”

MUSIC: “Amazing Grace/How Great Thou Art” Jung-A Lee with David Washburn trumpet, recorded at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Newport Beach on the CD Precious Lord.

MUSIC: Final (Symphonie No. 1) Louis Vierne   Jung-A Lee, organist on the Rosales/Glatter-Goetz Organ in Disney Hall, Los Angeles, from her CD Amazing Grace.


Christ Cathedral’s music program is making a big impact, not only in the Diocese of Orange, but also throughout the West Coast – thanks to a new program airing on Immaculate Heart Radio.

“Music from the Tower,” produced in the Tower of Hope studios located on the Christ Cathedral campus, airs at 9 p.m. Saturdays on local stations KHJ 930 AM and KCEO 1000 AM. Its aim, says co-creator and host Dr. John Romeri, is to spread the surprising news that liturgical music is entertaining.

“It’s fun just to hear about the interesting people coming to the Christ Cathedral campus,” says Romeri, Christ Cathedral’s organist and director of music. “There is always a lot going on here; we often welcome visiting musicians who have dedicated their lives and their compositions to the Church.

“We want to spread the word that some exciting musical happenings are going on at Christ Cathedral,” he adds. “Our program goes together with the guest artists who come to the cathedral.”

Named as a tip-of-the-hat to the “Music from the Spires” program produced by St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City, “Music from the Tower” includes in-depth interviews with musicians, conductors, composers and other musical artists whose work has made an impact on music, particularly liturgical music.

Included in each episode are an hour-long interview and snippets from the artist’s work, with links to the full pieces on the Cathedral music website ( Links on the website allow listeners to order the music for themselves, via a direct link to

“We want our listeners to gain insight into the world of famous musicians,” Romeri says. Soon, he adds, the show will feature programs with world-famous organist Fred Swann; artistic director John Alexander, who recently retired from the Pacific Chorale; and Grammy-winning organist Paul Jacobs.

Romeri admits that planning and producing each radio program taxes his already-busy schedule. In preparation for each week’s program, he prepares the interviewees, collects their biographical information, and prepares each of four segments of the artist’s music.

As an example, the third episode of “Music from the Tower” featured Fr. Virgil Funk, founder and first president of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians. Here is the outline of the program taken from the OC Catholic website:


Segment 1: We speak about the founding of NPM and its influence on the music-making of the Roman Catholic Church.

Segment 2: We discuss a conference that Fr. Funk and Dr. Romeri both attended in Rome titled, “Music and Culture,” with musicians from around the world celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the papal document, Musicam Sacram.

Segment 3-4: We speak of great musicians and educators in the field of sacred music, highlighting Dr. Paul Salamunivich and Fr. Lawrence Heiman, C.PP.S.

Music: All the music for this episode is taken from a CD titled, “Paul Salamunivich Conducting the NPM Convention Choir,” recorded live at the Cathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Segment 1: “Festival Hymn of Thanksgiving,” arr. Paul Sjolund

(The same piece, but from a different album)

Segment 2: “Holy God, We Praise Thy Name,” arr. Ronald Arnatt

Segment 3: “Were You There,” arr. Sue Wallace

Segment 4: The conclusion of “Holy God.”


“Hearing Fr. Funk, who is now 80 years old, describe how he has dedicated his entire life to the musicians of the Church was so exciting,” Romeri recalls. “It’s a blessing to have these recordings in the artists’ own voices, because in that way they will live on forever.”

Romeri produces the radio program in addition to his work as the diocese’s first music director and organist. In fact, Romeri, who has worked for the Diocese of Orange since December 2015, has many growing and vital responsibilities. He is conductor of the newly formed Cathedral Choir, the Children’s Choir and the Diocesan Choir. In 2019 he will help christen the refurbished Hazel Wright organ, the fifth-largest organ in the world, when it is fully installed after restoration by the Ruffatti Pipe Organ Builders of Padova, Italy, prior to the official blessing of Christ Cathedral.

Romeri and the Diocese of Orange’s Director of Communications Ryan Lilyengren have big-picture plans for “Music from the Tower” – they want to grow it into a nationally produced program.

At present, co-producer Jim Governale works behind the scenes on the technical side. Governale, a longtime local Christian radio producer and host, notes that “Music from the Tower” is part of a radio revolution, as Catholic radio is making great strides in programming.

“A lot of what is heard on Christian radio is complementary to what you hear on Catholic radio,” Governale notes. “After a couple of decades in Christian radio I’m really thrilled that the Catholic voice is having more impact on people on the radio than in decades gone by.”


The Diocese of Orange has welcomed Dr. John Romeri as its first Director of Music Ministries and he is already hard at work developing new programs, new choirs and positioning the Christ Cathedral Parish as the “mother church” for the Diocese and as a cultural center for both sacred and secular music.

OC Catholic TV sat down with Romeri to learn more about him and his mission in this newly created and very important position.